Colin Morehead, Admiral of the Royal Cork Yacht Club, has today formally cancelled the Cork300 International Powerboat Festival which was due to take place over the weekend 11-12 July.
The club had secured the Harmsworth Trophy which was first awarded at an event hosted by the Royal Cork 117 years ago.
Morehead, who is also the Chairman of the Cork300 organising committee, sent this open letter to Powerboat Racing World today:
Firstly, we hope that you and your family are all well whilst we collectively face the challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Over the last number of weeks, we have been carefully monitoring the developing global situation. We have also taken continued guidance from Government officials, the Health Service Executive, Powerboat Association of Northern Ireland (PBANI), Irish Powerboat Association and other experts as to the impact it will have on our Cork300 International Powerboat Festival schedule of events.
To enable us provide clarity to all visitors and participants to our various Tricentenary celebrations and to protect their health and that of the volunteers and community at large, the Club, with the full support of its partners, have made the following difficult decisions regarding Cork300 International Powerboat Festival events scheduled for July 2020.
• British International Harmsworth Trophy – Cancelled
• UIM World Marathon Championship – Cancelled
• Classic Boat Rally – Cancelled
• UIM Cork – Fastnet – Cork Record Attempt – Cancelled
Visitors and competitors who have entered any of these events via the Cork300 website and paid the required entry fee will be refunded in full. We ask that you liaise directly with your accommodation provider in relation to accommodation cancellations and refunds.
This announcement of course comes with deep regret and will have an impact on the sailing and powerboating community as well as the local economy. However, in the three hundred years since the foundation of the Royal Cork Yacht Club we have faced many adversities and we are confident that working together we will see our clubs, our countries and global sailing and powerboating community come through these difficult and challenging times. Indeed we look forward to welcoming as many visitors and competitors as possible back to Cork to enjoy the International Powerboat Festival in the future.
I would like to thank our partners for their unwavering support, especially in recent weeks – AIB (premier partner), Volvo Car Ireland (Cork Week title sponsor and Cork300 partner) our Foundation Partners the Port of Cork and Cork County Council and other Cork300 partners, Cork City Council, Heineken, Musto, Dubarry, and Doyle Shipping Group. To the voluntary committee and staff at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, along with supporting organisations and clubs such as Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM), Trustees of the British International Harmsworth Trophy, Powerboat Association of Northern Ireland and the Irish Powerboat Association who have worked tirelessly over the past months and years to plan for the International Powerboat Festival – I offer my sincere thanks.
In conclusion, a very big thank you to you the powerboating community, our family and friends worldwide, for your support as we navigate these uncharted waters together; we truly value your friendship more than ever.
Finally, can I say that words cannot describe how thankful we are for the hard work of everyone who is making significant sacrifices to keep us safe in these unprecedented times.
On behalf of the Flag Officers and Members of the Royal Cork Yacht Club may I wish you and all of your families the best in these unprecedented times and look forward to welcoming you to our Club soon.
John raced Offshore UIM Class 3 in the 1980’s & 1990’s.
He served as the Cowes Torquay Cowes Event Director for 4 years, including running the 50 th Anniversary Event in 2010.
He has recently organised 4 British Offshore races under UKOPRA sanction.
He is the Editor of Powerboat Racing World.